Karachi: Trade unions’ leaders and labour rights activists on Tuesday urged the provincial governments to announce the minimum wages for unskilled workers as no announcement was made in the budget in regard to the minimum wage.
Addressing a joint press conference, National Labour Council (NLC) Secretary Karamat Ali demanded to fix the minimum wage at Rs30,000 to 31,000 per month, considering the growing living cost and inflation rate.
Last year in July, the federal and provincial governments had fixed minimum wages at Rs15,000 per month.
Tracing the history of the minimum wage fixation, he said in 1969, minimum wages for unskilled workers were fixed at the rate of Rs140 per month, but the experts and economists were of the opinion that it was less or equal to 50 per cent of the actual wages required by workers to maintain a reasonable living.
“We demand that minimum wages be fixed on the scientific grounds and determined according to the rate of inflation and other factors of living a decent life by a worker’s family,” he said adding that every year the minimum wages be fixed according to that formula of indexation.